Western Michigan University signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this past weekend.
The newest Broncos who will enroll at WMU in 2007-08 are center Max Campbell, right wing Travis Paeth (Muskegon) and left wing/center Ryan Watson.
Campbell is off to a strong start in the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League, compiling 22 goals (including 11 power-play tallies) and 51 points in 20 games for Strathroy. He has built an eight-point lead in the WOJHL scoring race and is coming off a season where he tallied 17 goals and 35 points in 48 games. The 6-foot, 175-pound Campbell, who will turn 18 on Dec. 12, hails from the same junior program as Bronco great Jeff Campbell (no relation).
A west Michigan product, Paeth has been placed on the NHL Central Scouting Services' Players to Watch List as a candidate for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot, 195-pound Paeth, 19, owns two goals and seven points in 11 games in his first season with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League. He is one of 11 players on the first-place Buccaneers club that have committed to Division I programs. Paeth skated for the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League in 2005-06, compiling 21 goals and 36 points in 54 games. He also played hockey at Mona Shores High School under former WMU player Shawn Zimmerman.
Watson is averaging 1.6 points per game, totaling 13 goals and 30 points in 19 games for first-place Cambridge (16-3-0) of the Midwestern Junior B Hockey League. He compiled 26 points (7-19) in 46 games last season to lead the Winter Hawks to a Sutherland Cup Championship. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Watson, 18, is the younger brother of Cam Watson, a freshman forward for the Broncos.
"This class adds to the depth of our program," said WMU head coach Jim Culhane. "Max Campbell possesses tremendous offensive skills while Ryan Watson has the ability to play both ways with his grit and determination. Travis Paeth plays with a lot of passion and can fill a number of different roles, including special teams play."